On Bible Reading, Faithfulness in the Mundane, and More

I Couldn't Call God 'Father'

Did you know that in Islam, there are ninety-nine names for Allah? But “not one of them is ‘Father,’” writes Nadia, a woman who left Iran, her home country, to escape her father. “My father never showed us love,” she says. “He abused us, especially my mother, emotionally and physically. She was beaten several times to within an inch of her life.” When Nadia decided to follow Jesus, she found herself awaiting a great challenge: how to accept God as her Father. Read this post.

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History

“Uncaptured by the paparazzi, ignored by journalists, here and gone without the world even noticing, well-behaved women leave behind almost nothing for the historians to work with,” Tony Reinke writes. “So, which characters on earth grab God’s attention? Who will find their biographies recorded in the archive of heaven, celebrated in the ledger of human history in the encyclopedias of eternity?” Reinke shares the subtle virtues celebrated in the Old and New Testaments. Read this post.

Beginning at the Beginning

If one of your resolutions is to read through the whole Bible this year, you are probably reading through the book of Genesis this month. Jasmine Holmes says that the first three chapters of Genesis are foundational, for they “lay out the guiding purpose of our lives.” They also tell the beautiful story of womanhood. Today, Jasmine invites you to “take a moment to pull back to the bigger picture of mankind’s calling, and of the wise Creator that we serve.” Read this post.

Don't Make Your Pastor Groan

Jared C. Wilson knows how easy it is to joke about those who think their pastor works only one day a week, but he has found that the stereotype of the pastor who “gets no respect” is unfortunately common. As members of the congregation, how do we submit to our pastors and elders in faith and with joy? Wilson shows us how we can encourage our church leaders with faithful graciousness. Read this post.

The Comfort of Obedience

In the midst of her Sunday morning routine, Kari Patterson is often asked, “Are we in a hurry?” Her answer, she says, is always the same: “As long as you obey, there’s no rush.” As she has reinforced this lesson with her children, she has found it to be “perhaps the most critically important skill to learn, as a follower of Jesus . . . prompt and unquestioning obedience.” Read this post.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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